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Title:Optimum taxation of bequests in a model with initial wealth PDF Logo
Authors:Brunner, Johann K.
Pech, Susanne
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper Public Finance 2977
Abstract:We formulate an optimum-taxation model, where parents leave bequests to their descendants for altruistic reasons. In contrast to the standard model, individuals differ not only in earning abilities, but also in initial (inherited) wealth. In this model a redistributive motive for an inheritance tax - which is equivalent to a uniform tax on all expenditures - arises, given that initial wealth increases with earning abilities. Its introduction increases intertemporal social welfare or has an ambiguous effect, depending on whether the bequeathing generation can adjust their behaviour and whether the external effect related to altruism is accounted for in the social objective.
Subjects:optimum taxation
taxation of bequests
JEL:H21
H24
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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